Tale of Reed: Masnavi-i-Rumi

Hearken to the reed-flute, how it complains, lamenting
its banishment from its home:

“Ever since they tore me from my osier bed,
My plaintive notes have moved men and women to tears.
I burst my breast, striving to give vent to sighs, and to
express the pangs of my yearning for my home.

He who abides far away from his home
Is ever longing for the day he shall return.

My wailing is heard in every throng,
In concert with them that rejoice and them that weep.

Each interprets my notes in harmony with his own
feelings.

But not one fathoms the secrets of my heart.
My secrets are not alien from my plaintive notes,
Yet they are not manifest to the sensual eye and ear.

Body is not veiled from soul, neither soul from body,
Yet no man hath ever seen a soul.”

 

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The above was an abstract from Masnavi (the works of Rumi); the translators of the book have translated the work into many languages and tongues but none did the job of interpretation.

Here, Rumi is clearly beginning the book with the tale of a reed which was separated from its wood long long ago.

The very passage actually talks about the soul of man been separated from God. The essence of Sufism is that, the soul has come from the eternal and has to go back to eternal, the world temporal has got it all bounded and it longs for the love of life that is God.

Now, take the above epitome and instead of reading it with a mind-set of reed flute, put soul of a man into it and read the tale of reed. 🙂

Love
Alan

 

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LANGUAGES : Communication and Connection

Our world is referred to as a modern world because of its diversity and uniqueness …
Today people are talking about Networking.. – a decade ago we never even uttered the word… In our wildest dreams it wasn’t there … We never thought we’d come this far….

Technology made it possible … And why was technology successful in doing so… Because of the Communication Revolution….

Today our entire world and its systems revolves around/on Communication.. Businesses, politics, technology, diversification etc..

Infact our relationships with our families, friends and even GOD depends upn communication ….

It suddenly dawned on me one day, what if I learn languages and make friends.. Weird it was.. But fun though.

I began educating myself in series of communications related scopeias, for instance… If I want to communicate with the computer I gotta learn software or programming, which is a language in which computer speaks … Similarly world languages .. They have their impact … Don’t believe me … ? If you ever happen to meet any stranger from another nation … Randomly, say for instance you meet a person from china and tell him ‘Ni hao ma wo de pengyou’ (How are you my friend) or meet a guy from South Africa and tell him ‘Kunjani’? (How are you) …or ‘Nkosi sikeleli afrika’ (god bless South Africa) suddenly brings smile on their faces…

Believe me .. That smile is worth it…. People sometimes feel far from home and when in an alien nation, someone speaks in your language… Seriously makes you feel home… You must be thinking its surreal … Surreal yes boring no…..

Once in Dubai metro, me and my friends were travelling. They suddenly made a pact; why don’t we communicate in other languages … Just for fun … knowing how ostentatious I am and would love to show them some of my freaknoid skills… We started speaking in various languages …. Suddenly a white guy next to us took a note of it and was waiting to see, whether I was able to communicate in his language …. Turns out he was from Ireland … And I’d just said ‘Conas ata tu a chara‘….

He suddenly laughed out there applauding and quickly befriended … See… Languages create adventures for me …

Have no idea why I’m writing this but …

Love
Alan

Birthday Wishes : A Writer’s data

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Its a beautiful day , as the beauty of life’s breath was truly displayed & another soul wonderfully made 🙂

As another year is its on way, I pray God will light your way & make your life a shining ray filled with amazing love & matchless grace. 🙂

May you be showered with blessings from above , as a test of turth to his unfailing love , & as you set your mind on him each day may your heart’s desires be fulfilled i pray.

Im afraid ill have to end this way. My brain cant think of much more to say.
That being said I’d like to convey , my warmest wishes on this birthday 🙂

Love
Alan